Updated: March 14, 2013 at 12:00 am
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE (AP) — An Air Force Reserve unit at Peterson Air Force Base is getting an additional C-130 cargo plane, bringing its total to 13.
The plane will be assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing sometime in fiscal 2014, which starts on Oct. 1.
The 302nd said Thursday the plane is considered a backup and the unit will not get additional crews or funding.
C-130s are four-engine aircraft capable of carrying helicopters, armored vehicles, smaller equipment on pallets and personnel.
About 1,300 reservists are assigned to the 302nd, including about 200 who are employed full-time as Air Reserve technicians.
The wing's duties include firefighting missions when civilian wildfire managers need additional planes.
A record high of 72 is in the forecast for Friday. Friday night there will be a slight chance of showers with a high of around 40, the National Weather Service says. Precipitation amount is expected to be less than a tenth of an inch. There will be a chance of showers most of Saturday, starting at 7 a.m. with a high near 52. Saturday night you can expect a continued chance of showers before 1 a.m. with a chance of snow between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Thunderstorms are possible. Sunday calls for a high near 56 with thunderstorms erupting between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Durango police say bike race may be fraud source
DURANGO (AP) — The Durango Police Department is asking the FBI to help to investigate widespread credit card fraud that targeted numerous people registered for this year's Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.
Race director Gaige Sippy says dozens of credit cards have been used for fraudulent charges. All were also used to register for Iron Horse events.
According to the Durango Herald (http://tinyurl.com/cuemjfn ), fraudulent charges have ranged from $200 to $1,400.
Durango agency transfers weatherizing program
DURANGO (AP) — A Durango nonprofit agency says its weatherization-assistance program is being taken away.
The Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency says cuts in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy has forced the Colorado Energy Office to consolidate regional offices for the program.
According to the Durango Herald (http://tinyurl.com/bkzrydd ), the program in western Colorado will be transferred to Grand Junction, which will oversee the program in 12 Western Slope counties.
Over the past three years, the Durango agency has subsidized weatherization of 588 homes for low-income residents
Polis introduces oil, gas drilling bill
BOULDER (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has introduced a bill that he says would close a loophole in federal law that exempts oil and gas drilling from certain provisions of the federal Clean Air Act.
The Boulder Democrat says he wants to make sure that wells drilled with a hydraulic fracturing process are not exempt from federal oversight.
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a gas drilling process that blasts chemical-laden water deep into the ground. Supporters say the process is safe, while opponents say the technique pollutes groundwater and the chemicals are unsafe.
There was no immediate reaction from the oil and gas industry.
Man allegedly impersonating officer hits Colorado
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says a man suspected of impersonating a sheriff's deputy while writing bad checks across Kansas has tried the ruse in Colorado.
Investigators say 45-year-old Robert Helms of Pittsburg was spotted Wednesday at a grocery store in Walsh, Colo., about 18 miles from the Kansas border. He reportedly flashed a fake badge and credentials claiming to be a sheriff's deputy from Adams County, Kan. There is no Adams County in Kansas.
The KBI says Helms has written bad checks at convenience stores and other businesses across Kansas, usually in smaller towns. The KBI said in February that Helms had pulled the scam in 24 cities.
He is a white man, 5-feet-7, weighing 190 pounds, with blue eyes and short gray hair. He sometimes wears round glasses.
Pot regulation heads to capitol
DENVER (AP) — Marijuana legalization has prompted an enormous amount of debate in the four months since it was approved in Colorado, but the drug is just now coming before state lawmakers who will decide how it should be grown, sold and taxed.
A special committee of House and Senate members starts work Friday going over 165 pages of suggested pot rules from a task force of marijuana advocates and opponents who met over the past few months to debate regulation.
The task force recommended a 15 percent excise tax, plus an additional marijuana sales tax to be set by lawmakers. Voters will ultimately decide.
The task force also made recommendations on marijuana product safety and testing.
Debates on gun background checks back
DENVER (AP) — Expanding background checks for private and online firearm purchases in Colorado is expected to dominate debate at the state Capitol as lawmakers prepare to take final votes on the measure.
The debate is the latest chapter in a divisive issue as lawmakers grapple over how to address mass shootings at a suburban Denver movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school.
The fight over new firearm restrictions underlines the political tension in a state with a proud history of gun ownership and a legacy of high-profile shootings.
The House and Senate are expected to take final votes on the background-check bill to send it Gov. Democratic John Hickenlooper.
Democrats who control the Legislature have already approved the bill once on party-line votes, but they're expected to vote Friday to OK amendments.
Student say loaded gun was taken to Delta school
DELTA (AP) — Police in Delta confiscated a handgun after students reported it was taken to a middle school while it was loaded.
Authorities say no one was threatened or injured during the Thursday incident.
Delta School District officials tell the Montrose Daily Press (http://tinyurl.com/b5a7mb5 ) that students reported the gun was taken to school by another student.
Police say the gun wasn't on school property when it was turned over to officers. It's not clear whether the student gave the gun directly to police or through an adult intermediary.
The student was taken into protective custody and the the gun owner was issued a summons on a child-abuse charge.
Police say they're not identifying the gun owner to protect the student's identity. They didn't say whether the owner and student student are related.Cow tail protection advances to House
DENVER (AP) — Dairy farmers won't be able to chop cow tails without anesthesia under a bill that advanced to the Colorado House Thursday.
The bill would ban so-called docking except when performed by a veterinarian using anesthesia. The measure passed a House committee 6-5.
Animal advocates argue tail docking robs cows of their built-in fly swatters and causes pain.
Few farmers dock cow tails the old-fashioned way, but those that do insist it isn't cruel. The bill has been amended to give farmers two years to comply.
If approved, Colorado would be the fifth state to require anesthesia for dairy cow tail docking.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 44 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius.
In 1493, Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
In 1767, the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, was born in Waxhaw, S.C.
In 1820, Maine became the 23rd state.
In 1913, President Woodrow Wilson met with about 100 reporters for the first formal presidential press conference.
In 1919, members of the American Expeditionary Force from World War I convened in Paris for a three-day meeting to found the American Legion.
In 1944, during World War II, Allied bombers again raided German-held Monte Cassino.
In 1956, the Lerner and Loewe musical play “My Fair Lady,” based on Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” opened on Broadway.
In 1962, a chartered Flying Tiger Line airplane carrying 107 people, most of them U.S. Army personnel, disappeared while en route from Guam to the Philippines. “No Strings,” Richard Rodgers’ first musical after the death of longtime collaborator Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway.
In 1964, actress Elizabeth Taylor married actor Richard Burton in Montreal; it was her fifth marriage, his second.
In 1970, Expo ’70, promoting “Progress and Harmony for Mankind,” opened in Osaka, Japan.
In 1972, “The Godfather,” Francis Ford Coppola’s epic gangster movie based on the Mario Puzo novel and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premiered in New York.
In 1985, the first Internet domain name, symbolics.com, was registered by the Symbolics Computer Corp. of Massachusetts.
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-- “Storytime,” read “Emeraldalicious” by Victoria Kahn, 10:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East.
-- “St. Patty’s Sports Expo” with running shoes, bike accessories and more vendors, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., free admission.
-- “5:17 @ 517 Celebration for Manitou Springs - Then and Now” book, 5:17 p.m., Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs.
-- Alan James, 8:30 p.m., Wyatt’s Pub and Grill, 806 Village Center Drive.
-- Brian Parton, 8:30 p.m., Fratelli Ristorante Italiano, 124 N. Nevada Ave., no cover.
-- Jinx, 9 p.m.-midnight, Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave., free cover.